One team that has been flying in a tight formation this year is the Maple River Eagles boys' basketball team.
Maple River is 9th in the last class 2-A state ranking, and first in the Valley Conference.
Friday they were looking to defend all of that at home against visiting Mankato Loyola. The Eagles scored the first four points, but the Crusaders tied the game at six. Loyola went on a 14-2 run midway through the first half to take a 21-19 lead, but Maple River would take the game down the stretch winning 72-64.